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« on: January 13, 2006 05:05:59 PM »

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It's now safely past xmas so I need no longer be paranoid about friends spotting their own gifts on line. Smiley I got a whole collection of maps free (including earthquake epicentres, gelogical maps, aeromagnetic data for any interested crafty earth scientists) at work so I decided to make travel journals. I was inspired by some of the journals I've seen here made with different papers. I filled them with various lined paper, graph paper, colour paper and more maps of places chosen for the recipient (places they've been or want to re/visit and so imaginary places like Oz too). I managed to find "Elizabeth Island" for my friend Liz. I added a vinatge motorbike for my brother the motorcycle riding geologist.

Sorry about the picture quality... I was in a pre-xmas rush!
















My other brother got a film journal. The front is supposed to look like film. Inside the pages are alphabetized and include pictures from movies associated with the letter in question. The idea is that he can write down says mini reviews or reminders to rent something or whatever.







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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2006 05:10:40 PM »

wow, everything looks so great! i've always wanted a travel journal, i think i might have to make one for myself one day and steal your idea! and that movie journal is pretty nifty too Smiley i hope everyone loved their presents!
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2006 08:19:38 PM »

wow those travel journals are a great idea... next summer im going to spain and france....i think im going to have to find some maps and make one to take with me on my trip! brilliant idea, thanks for the inspirtation! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2006 08:07:37 AM »

I love the travel journals! I think it is a great idea that you used maps for the covers. I hoped everyone liked their gifts!
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2006 03:55:32 PM »

Question *raises hand*

For these mixed paper books, I'm assuming you used single sheets of paper and bound them as opposed to stitching signatures...if so, how did you bind them and which adhesives did you use???
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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2006 07:07:21 PM »

I love the travel journals!!
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2006 11:04:29 AM »

They look great.  I used a map for a cover of a book that I made for my mom with pictures of our trip to Prince Edward Island.  It was interesting to me how important maps are when you are traveling somewhere completely new to you and your not in a travel group.  The map became really part of the trip.  I like the idea of making books for friends with maps of places they want to go.
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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2006 01:40:59 PM »

Oh wow! Thanks for all the positive feedback. Smiley I really appreciate it. Most people really loved their gifts (though some remain confused by the whole hand-made gift idea so perhaps they'll get something else in the future  Undecided ). I really love maps and was happy to have a good idea for their use.

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For these mixed paper books, I'm assuming you used single sheets of paper and bound them as opposed to stitching signatures...if so, how did you bind them and which adhesives did you use???

Actually, I did bind them in signatures. I used a coptic stitch for the binding (see tutorials here and elsewhere on-line). I tried to make sure that the heaviest weight papers were at the outside of signatures. I also tried to avoid using vastly different weights of paper. I used acrylic medium as my main adhesive. It's easy to get, is water soluble and dries clear (though maybe PVA might be a stronger product). I occasionally use simple acid-free glue sticks to place and potentially move things prior to adhering them with the acrylic.

I think if I make any more I will include a pocket on the inside cover for useful items (i.e. city maps etc. and pen).

beanblossom- your PEI book sounds lovely. Smiley

thanks all!
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« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2006 11:24:51 AM »

The travel journals sound like a brilliant idea! I would love to have recieved one of those for Christmas ( or any other time!).

I love that they are covered in maps-beautiful! Maps are so functional and beautiful!

What kind of material did you use for the covers?
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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2006 11:49:47 AM »

Thanks onecraftybitch! I love maps too...  Cheesy

I actually just used corrugated cardboard, recycled from a box for the covers. It's cheap/free and readily available. I would really like to get my hands on some museum board (pressed paper cardboard without the corrugated part) so that I can carve edges near hinges (i.e. next to spine) at 45 degree angles.
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« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2006 11:51:33 AM »

Wow!  Those travel journals are so pretty.  I love the colors. 
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« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2006 12:09:33 PM »

Corrugated cardboard you say?

I would have never thought!

Love them!!
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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2006 12:20:36 PM »

The maps look wonderful on your travel journals!
And, I must say, the movie journal would be a great idea for one of my brothers, as well. Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2006 11:44:23 PM »

I LOVE those!!!  oh my gosh, why can't map paper fall into my lap???!!
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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2006 06:07:22 PM »

Those journals are FANTASTIC! Great job!
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« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2006 09:25:00 AM »

agreed..I am going to italy in the fall and it would be cool to have a journal like that with different maps of florence ...maybe I'd look a bit less like a tourist
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« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2006 10:09:25 AM »

thanks folks!  Grin

If you don't happen to work as an earth scientist and receive large numbers of maps for free, you can find maps on-line or go to the thrift shop and buy old atlases or road atlases quite cheaply.

LuckyLally- Florence is one of my favorite places I've visited! The Rough Guide to the city is really great and would help you look less like a tourist. Be sure to get some marbled paper while you are there.
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« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2006 10:23:27 AM »

What great ideas!  First I like the map idea, that has my mind going like a million miles an hour!  Then the movie journal is something I can use.  That has my creativity all hyper, too.  You did a good job, btw. 
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« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2006 11:54:07 AM »

marbled paper eh? I'll definatly make sure to get some thanks for the info (and the great idea)
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« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2006 03:48:36 PM »

I love the mix of papers in the travel journals. and I love the idea of personalising the journal to where ever the person might be travelling. I like travel journals, but I've never really had a reason to own one. I might have to remedy that quite soon!
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« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2006 06:54:28 AM »

these are beatiful! Shocked you have inspired me to make a journal of some kind  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: February 26, 2006 06:42:42 PM »

im definatly going to have to try making one sometime!!
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« Reply #22 on: February 27, 2006 05:33:44 PM »

Oh good!  Grin That's the best compliment ever if people feel inspired to go make some journals. Try bookbinding! Make this board more popular. I'd love to see more book making!
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« Reply #23 on: February 27, 2006 08:49:05 PM »

ill definatly check it out
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« Reply #24 on: March 06, 2006 07:04:36 AM »

what  a fun and creative idea  thank you!


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« Reply #25 on: March 08, 2006 02:54:16 PM »

These look fantastic!
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« Reply #26 on: March 09, 2006 09:12:52 PM »

holy cow.  those are AMAZING... if i saw that in a store, i'd pay a great deal of money for it!
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« Reply #27 on: March 10, 2006 05:50:57 PM »

 Grin

Thanks! that's sweet.  Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: March 10, 2006 05:57:18 PM »

What a really cool idea.  I used to just get photo albums and stuff pictures and journal entries into the pockets cause I'm too lazy to scrap them into an album, but that seems like a in between answer.  Great job!
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« Reply #29 on: June 04, 2007 03:18:53 PM »

Amazing!

Im gonna search for a tute on how to do this! I'm inspired!
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« Reply #30 on: June 05, 2007 07:38:16 AM »

Cool. I'm glad to hear it. Thanks. Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: December 24, 2007 02:22:14 PM »

I've been wanting a travel journal EXACTLY like those for so long now. You've just inspired me to go and make one of my own. Thanks! They're beautiful by the way.
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« Reply #32 on: December 24, 2007 07:28:09 PM »

Wow, those are really nice! <3 You rock. Cheesy
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« Reply #33 on: December 27, 2007 10:32:03 AM »

That's awesome. Smiley I think inspiring someone else to make art is the best compliment you can give squeaky_kleen.

Thank you very much DacinInTheDark! Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: March 01, 2012 09:21:09 AM »

These are amazing!

I tried talking my family into doing hand-made gifts when they complained about lack of $ & decided to cancel gifts, but my Mom looked at me like I was nuts, and "just because you're creative and can make things doesn't mean anybody else can!". :-s Next year I'm giving gifts regardless.
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« Reply #35 on: March 01, 2012 02:50:10 PM »

Thanks Eclectic Dreamer, & go for it!
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